HC Deb 05 June 1939 vol 348 cc28-9
39. Mr. Brooke

asked the Minister of Labour what are the terms of reference under which he has asked the National Advisory Council for Juvenile Employment to report to him on the subject of blind-alley employment; whether he is satisfied that these terms of reference will adequately meet the recommendations of the Unemployment Assistance Board that the whole question of blind-alley employment should be brought under immediate and intensive examination; and, if not, whether he will at the earliest convenient time appoint a special committee to give effect to the Board's recommendation?

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Labour (Mr. Lennox-Boyd)

The Council was asked to examine and report upon the following matters:

  1. (a) The probable changes, in the next five years, in the supply and distribution of 29 juveniles available for employment from different types of schools, and the possible effect of those changes on recruitment for industry and commerce; and
  2. (b) The nature and extent of "blind-alley" employment.
My right hon. Friend is satisfied that with these terms of reference the Council will be able to investigate fully the whole question of blind-alley employment, and the answer to the third part of the question is, therefore, in the negative.

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